On Jun 5, 2007, at 6:27 PM, Buchanan, Jason wrote:
However, I know of no "conversion" required when sorting a non- numeric datatype.Later tonight i'll have to dig up Wolfgang's paper on numeric sorts of data stored in character-based datatypes. The method Oracle uses to perform a numeric sort of numerical data stored in varchar2 fields is well documented in his paper.
hmm, well, I thought it was Wolfgang who wrote a paper about the sorting process but it must be someone else. Will look after I get my 2 year old in bed.